Spooky Slam: Featured Poets


On Thursday, October 20 at 7pm, the Charles Town Library will host a Teen Poetry Slam. Well-known local poets Earl Hairston, Ed Zahniser and Steve Altman will each read a selection of their work before coming together to discuss the art of poetry and what it means to be a poet. They will also serve as judges for the slam, where they will choose a winner following their presentation.

We are happy to officially announce our featured poets this year:

Earl Hairston was born in Morgantown, West Virginia and raised the first 10 years of his life in Cleveland, Ohio. Earl grew up in Martinsburg, WV, where he currently resides. He is a performance artist and writer with short stories, a one act play, and a novel called I Saw Your Mother Crying. Earl is comfortable performing in stadiums or small intimate settings. He is single and in love with hiking, kayaking, good movies, art, music, drumming, literature and learning.

Ed Zahniser’s published poetry includes five books, five chapbooks, and ten anthologies in addition to poems in magazines, websites, and anthologies. His books are available at Four Seasons Books in Shepherdstown. With former poet laureate of Shepherdstown, the late Georgia Lee McElhaney, Ed edited an anthology of area poets celebrating the town’s 250th anniversary. He has also curated two art gallery shows of poems as works on walls. Ed has recorded his poetry for the Library of Congress “Poet and the Poem” series hosted by Grace Cavalieri. Ed and the Reverend Randy Tremba founded Shepherdstown’s Good News Paper in 1979.

Steve Altman spent his career working for a congressional oversight agency on Capital Hill. These days he lives in Shepherdstown, where he writes verse, including a novel made entirely of sonnets, and participates in the town’s vibrant poetry community.

Questions? Email ctlreads@frontier.com.

Categories: Teens

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